The Future Belongs to Human Venn Diagrams
When I was in college I double-majored in math and theater. Every time I say those words I receive the exact same reaction: “Wow! That’s so strange!” Because somewhere in the last hundred years or so we’ve come to the conclusion as a society that one is either creative, artsy, “right-brained” (and, also, constantly late, disorganized, and losing things) or logical, organized, “left-brained” (and uptight, disciplined, and probably not very fun). And if you’re good at creative or humanities subjects like writing or music you’re probably bad at STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. There’s even a pop psychology blog post or two to support this idea. Except it’s completely and totally wrong.
The quintessential Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci, was a polymath whose areas of interest include invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, astronomy, writing, history, and more. Okay, so Leo was a genius—but you get my point. To be curious is to want to know, and curiosity doesn’t fit into boxes. This talk is about the power of interdisciplinary curiosity, and why everyone has it in them to be a Human Venn Diagram.
Christina Wallace is the co-host of The Limit Does Not Exist, a FORBES podcast focused on the intersection of STEM and the arts. She is also a Vice President at Bionic, a startup igniting growth revolutions inside the Fortune 500 via the venture capital and entrepreneurship playbook. Prior to joining Bionic, Christina founded BridgeUp: STEM, an educational initiative at the American Museum of Natural History with a mission to captivate, inspire, and propel girls and women into computer science, funded by a generous $7.5M grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Trust. She remains an advisor to BridgeUp: STEM and fierce champion for girls in STEM.
Previously Christina was the founding director of Startup Institute New York, the co-founder and CEO of venture-backed fashion company Quincy Apparel, a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, and an arts manager at the Metropolitan Opera. She holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and theater from Emory University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mashable called her one of “44 Female Founders to Know” and Refinery29 named her one of the “Most Powerful Women in NYC Tech.” She has been profiled in Elle, Marie Claire, The Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company, among others.
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